Turkey is extremely child friendly and has so much to offer, not mentioning guaranteed sunshine, endless beaches and family fun times by the pool. You can also visit the traditional markets and ancient ruins, see wild animals like snakes and lizards, look out for dolphins in the sea, ride on the back of a camel and so much more.
Sirkeci Konak in Istanbul is one of the best family friendly hotels in the world! This hotel is centrally located and within easy reach of all the main sites of Istanbul.
Hotel Baia is located near the picturesque bay of Gündoğan in Bodrum. This luxurious, all-inclusive resort featuring a host of water sports and leisure facilities. Having its own aqua park makes it an absolute hit with the kids.
Örsmaris Boutique Hotel is well situated on a private sandy beach in central Marmaris and where family holiday makers return year on year.
Grand premier Delphin Palace is a stone's throw from Lara Beach in Antalya. When you're not having fun in the sun, you can eat and drink in its restaurants and bars or relax in the indoor pool at this all-inclusive resort.
Clubmed’s Resort Beldi, located south of Antalya is an ideal all inclusive for families with babies. This excellent relaxing resort caters for children from as young as 0!!!
Sunshine Holiday Resort is a peaceful resort amidst the paraglider's paradise of Ovacık in Olu Deniz. If you are planning on getting away from it all on a family holiday, head here for some peace and quiet.
ClubMeds Palmiye resort is in an idyllic location in Turkey. The kids clubs is designed for all ages with separate areas for youngsters to teens.
Lykia World in the Dalaman region has everything you could need or want in one place. This large resort has a colossal amount of swimming pools, tennis courts, restaurants and bars. Children have access to their own complex of pools, water slides, a beach, and ample activities and sporting activities to keep them fully entertained.
Getting around the cities, especially in Istanbul by taxi can be very costly. However, there are so called dolmuses, shared taxis or minibuses that will take you and your family around the city on a special route for a cheaper price. You will need to pre-book these shared taxis.
If you want to be more independent and hire a car, please be aware that the speed limit in the cities and town is 50kph, on open roads it is 90kph and on the motorway it is 120kph.
Turkey is famous for its sweet delights. Here are some great dishes and desserts your kids will love:
• Turkish delight (Lokum)
• Kofte – Turkish meatballs
• Pide – Turkish pizza with different toppings
• Baklava – pastries filled with chopped nuts and syrup
There are so many attractions to see and things to do with kids in Turkey, including these top sights:
• Istanbul’s Blue Mosque – breath-taking mosque in the middle of Istanbul
• Ancient ruins of Ephesus – an ancient Greek city to explore
• The Rahmi M Koc Museum - dedicated to the history of Transport, Industry and Communications of Turkey
• Bodrum’s Castle – great kids day out to explore
• Miniaturk an amusement park in Istanbul with miniature buildings of Turkey
• Sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Sea
You will find that many Turkish people speak English, especially in the tourist areas, but if you really want to impress, then here are a few words:
• Hello - Merhaba - pronounced MARE-HA-BA
• Thank you - tesekkürler - pronounced TESH-EK-KER-LER
• Please - Lütfen - pronounced LEWT-FEN
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